Ariz. Charges Against Warren Jeffs Dropped

"Arizona criminal charges against Warren Jeffs were dismissed Wednesday by Mohave County prosecutors, and a defense attorney said the polygamist sect leader's Utah rape conviction is under review because of possible false statements by the government's key witness. In a superior court filing, Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith moved to drop two indictments for rape as an accomplice because victims no longer wish to pursue the case, in part because Jeffs has served more time in jail pending trial than he would get if he is convicted. Smith also noted that the state of Texas, which has filed more serious rape charges against Jeffs, is seeking to extradite him for trial. Jeffs is considered the leader and prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sect with outposts on the Colorado-Utah border and Texas. He was accused in Arizona of overseeing the arranged marriage of a minor girl to an adult male, resulting in statutory rape.